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Alexander Alekhine vs Rafael Llorens
Clock simul, 13b (1935), Barcelona ESP, Jan-27
Slav Defense: Winawer Countergambit (D10)  ·  1-0



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Feb-22-08  hkannan2000: Just going through the Opening of the day and found this game. Alekhine's "sting in the tail" on the last move as usual is striking.
Oct-07-12  Abdel Irada: I'm not at all sure Alekhine should have won this game. It was too ambitious of Black to retreat the knight from e3 by taking on c4, but was there any refutation to the safe and sane 20. ...♘g4, which appears to leave Black a pawn ahead and White's king poorly placed?
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  beatgiant: <Abdel Irada>
20...Ng4 21. Bxg4 fxg4 22. Bc5 looks like a very strong attack for White, e.g. 22...Qc7 23. a5 Kb8 24. Rhb1... <Bb6> is in the air. Black's bishop is not contributing much to defense here.
Oct-08-12  Abdel Irada: <beatgiant>: I am not convinced by this analysis.

After the exchange on g4 and 22. ♗c5, the black queen goes not to c7 but a6, pressuring the c-pawn and halting White's a-pawn. This slows White's attack, perhaps enough to retain the advantage of the pawn won on e3, while Black has the threat of e4-e3 himself, opening lines on a suspiciously placed white king.

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  beatgiant: <Abdel Irada>
Yes, I had underestimated the interesting ...Qa6, thinking it put the queen offsides and in the line of fire on the a-file, but the pressure on the c-pawn does indeed slow White's attack.

It would probably go 20...Ng4 21. Bxg4 fxg4 22. Bc5 Qa6 23. Rhc1, with speculative compensation for the pawn.

I'm not sure what Black's plan should be after that. 23...e3+ 24. Ke2 shows the harmlessness of trying to open lines on White's king. Also, it looks hard to get Black's queen back into play without weakening the queenside.

Oct-09-12  Abdel Irada: <beatgiant>: I should stipulate that I never appraised this position as necessarily won for Black, although I don't think his position is bad. Also, the immediate e4-e3 pawn advance doesn't seem particularly promising; it might become so, however, if properly prepared.
Oct-31-15  TheFocus: From a simultaneous clock exhibition in Barcelona, Spain on January 27, 1935.

Alekhine scored +10=3-0.

See <A. Alekhine>, pg. 96-97.

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